This is one of those projects that starts in a very unassuming way, as this one did about 8 – 10 months ago as I was walking my dog down by the beach at Marske in Cleveland. Without any real planning or forethought it was a project that seemed to take shape only after a number of pictures had been taken and the collection was added to. Let’s face it, this project isn’t demanding in the sense of logistics or kit requirements or any of the other technical issues that may be a concern as a project is planned, it isn’t particularly demanding of my photographic skills either but in a way that’s kind of the point. I like the simplicity. If I see a bench with a plaque attached to it as I pass by then I might shoot a picture of it.
The pictures speak for themselves. It is obvious in the pictures what the sentiment is but I like the idea of documenting the ways or more accurately the words, in which people have chosen to make these small gestures to remember someone they were close to and how they are tied in to a location or to an activity or to something that they enjoyed doing.
I’ve always had an interest in seeing really old black and white pictures, doesn’t matter that I might not know who they are or in what context the picture was taken I just like the idea that a picture, a snapshot, for whatever reason was taken and that there is a story behind it – for someone. This is similar in a way. I have no idea who these people were, I don’t know anything about their lives but it is fascinating to think about or to imagine who they were, what kind of people they were and what they did and how they lived their lives?
So next time you take a seat on a bench someplace, check behind you and see if anyone else used to sit there enjoying the same views that you are?
It does beg the question though…..What would YOU have written on your bench..?
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